dispatches from the loony bin

Living in the shadow of fear

[Content warning: suicide, domestic violence, self-harm, disordered eating, abuse] On Sunday night it took me a while to doze off. There’s construction going on nearby for the new Skytrain, and they’re doing it all night. I have to sleep with my window open when it’s so hot, so at night my bedroom is full of the sounds of heavy machinery beeping and men shouting at each other. Eventually, I did start to fall asleep. And was immediately waked up by a shout of terror from my mom’s room. I got out of my bed in blind panic, stumbling through

dispatches from the loony bin / Your Book is Bad and You Should Feel Bad

It’s Not the BDSM

[content warning: description of: domestic violence, abuse, using BDSM as an excuse for abuse, rape] Some of you may be aware that I have a deep and abiding loathing for the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy. At first, I was just pissed off that it existed — it was plagiarized from another book series (that is badly written and glorifies abusive relationships, with a fanbase that largely seems, well, pretty offbase most of the time) and yet this seemed ample reason to reward IceQueenSnowDragonFairyFartPrincess — sorry, EL James — with a publishing contract. Oh, and scores and scores of